Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism.
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With a smooth southern drawl, "The Savannah Sipping Society" at The Phipps tackles the changes and opportunities of later life with love, laughs and drinks. The play follows four middle-aged women as they are thrown great life changes at a time when they felt their lives were set.
Natural colors will welcome visitors who traverse along the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail, thanks to Wisconsin Garden Club Federation President Peggy Grubbs. After learning about the Loop Trail a year ago, Grubbs selected the trail as the garden federation's annual president's project. As a New Richmond native, Grubbs was thrilled to see the focus of the group on this corner of the state. "This is a perfect opportunity to bring those dollars and projects to St. Croix County and Western Wisconsin," Grubbs said.
RIVER FALLS — With a disinfecting swipe and a quick two seconds to implant, Sam Bengtson had access to his computer, cell phone, credit card and more — all in the palm of his left hand. Then he put his other hand on the table, jokingly ready to do it all again. Bengtson, the lead developer of a microchip project at Three Square Market, had no reservations about joining about 50 other employees in volunteering to have a radio-frequency identification chip implanted. "I can understand how it can be scary," Bengtson said. "But it is very simple and very secure."
NBC's "Today" show's Al Roker made a stop in Hudson last month to surprise deserving Lake Elmo dad Michael Pooler on Father's Day. "I literally knew nothing," said Michael, father of Annie and Daniel. The surprise was made possible after his wife Julie entered him into the show's contest, writing an essay about why he deserved to be honored. "I'd love to know what she said," Michael said. Julie didn't save a copy, but she said she included lots of photos and videos. Something about Michael stuck out, and the producers picked him right away.
Rainbows are spreading across Hudson, filling the space left along Orange Street with new rainbow flags after three were stolen last week. When Kate and Pete Larson's LGBT rainbow flag was stolen multiple times last year, their neighbors Alice and Dave Urban, Amy and Jon Hester, and Carol Holton flew their own flags in solidarity.
As a child growing up along the St. Croix River, Claire VanValkenburg spent a lot of time on, and under, the water. "I remember spending as long as I could underwater exploring the sand, and exploring the weeds, trying to catch fish with my hands," VanValkenburg said. Now a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison, VanValkenburg has found her way back underwater with some new accessories — namely, a tail.
The Hudson Police Department is investigating a potential hate crime after two LGBT pride flags were found burned and another one was stolen on Orange Street between Fifth and Eighth streets Wednesday night. The flags were stolen from three different residences sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. Two of the flags were found burned in the area while the other one is still missing.
The annual Moon Glow lit up the fields of E.P. Rock Elementary Saturday night as the Hudson Hot Air Affair wound down for the day.
Reporter Rebecca Mariscal was a passenger during the Hudson Hot Air Affair media flight this morning. Check out the video for her view of the experience.